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 February 2011 

 16/02/11

Presenter: 

Vinexpo 2013 Press ReleaseDavid Whitaker

Wines Region Country Source Cost Comments
1. Montes Reserve 2009 Sauvignon Blanc
Casablanca Valley
Chile The Wine Chambers
£8.99
13%. The only white of the evening. Allegedly voted one of the 10 best new world Sauvignons. “Sherbet centre” “oaky” “clean but acid finish” “melon nose” “have tasted better”
2. Montes Cherub 2008 Syrah Rosé
Colchagua Valley
Chile The Wine Chambers
£10.49
14%. A pale red wine rather than a typical rosé “fruity” “bit sweet” “not sweet”. Lots of discussion  that this was a good food wine. Mixed response.
3. Montes Classic 2008 Malbec
Colchagua Valley
Chile The Wine Chambers
£9.49
14.5%. “sweet soft nose” Toffee” “needs time” “ rich balanced fruit driven” “metallic” Minerally” “hard finish”. Generally not popular.
4. Montes Purple Angel 2007 Carmenère
Colchagua Valley
Chile The Wine Chambers
£25.99
15%. 92% Camenère & 8% Petit Verdot from Colchagua Valley, hand picked and aged in French oak. “mansion polish” “concentrated fruit” “not complex” “chewy” “to young2 “stalky tannins” . mixed response
5. Montes Folly 2006 Syrah (Apalta)
Colchagua Valley
Chile The Wine Chambers
£39.99
15%. 100% hand picked syrah low yield and low production. “Ribena nose”; “cassis”; “liquorice”; “new world Syrah”; “more character than Australian”; “tannin and fruit could be long lived”; “complex”. well liked
6. Montes Alpha 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon (Apalta)
Colchagua Valley
Chile The Wine Chambers
£11.99
14.5%. “fresh” “feels light” “elegant” “well made wine” “very good everyday drinking wine” “text book flavours”. Everyone liked
7. Alpha M 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon (Apalta)
Colchagua Valley
Chile The Wine Chambers
£39.99
14.5%. Bordeaux blend of Cab. Sauv. (80%) Merlot, Cab. Franc and Petit Verdot. Very small production hand picked at night. “classy” “complex” “brilliant” “quality fruit” “silky smooth” Liked by everyone and voted wine of the night.
8. Napa Angel 2006
California
U.S.A. The Wine Chambers
£25.99
14.5%. Hand picked aged in new oak. “red berries” “delicate” “smoky”  “bit short” “ no character” “light weight”. Not to everyone’s taste.
9. Napa Angel 2006 Reserve
California
U.S.A. The Wine Chambers
£39.99
14.5%. Night harvested, low yield, aged in new French oak. “well structured” “cedar” “spice” “great wine” “battleship wine” 2great tannic grip”
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